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Salesforce nears one million milestone

On-demand software provider is set to reach its one million subscription milestone later in December. The firm, which has become somewhat of a poster child for software-as-a-service advocates, said it will sign up its one millionth paying subscriber to its service - including the Platform and …
Ciara O'Brien, 6 Dec 2007
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Mobile growth outpaces fixed lines

Mobile phone use within the EU is continuing to rise as reliance on fixed lines eases off, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat. Use of mobile devices has surged in recent years, increasing almost 14-fold over the period between 1996 and 2005. In 1996, when mobile phones were less common and accessible than at present, …
Ciara O'Brien, 29 Nov 2007
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Google opens Maps for editing

Google has brought the idea of user-generated content a step further with its plans to allow users to edit Google Maps to make it more accurate. The new functionality will allow those with a Google account to make changes to markers, which indicate business or residential listings on Google's local maps service, dragging them …
Ciara O'Brien, 22 Nov 2007
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Lenovo lays out European plans

Lenovo is continuing to blaze a trail across the PC market as it plans an expansion into the consumer market in Europe. The company is planning an all-out assault on the EMEA region in the coming year, with new products and a new focus on the consumer market set to take shape. In Europe, France will be the first country to …
Ciara O'Brien, 7 Nov 2007
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Cantec to click with Irish tech fans?

Irish computer chain Cantec Computerstore is embarking on an ambitious expansion programme, rebranding as and creating 100 jobs over three years. The independent retailer, which sells home media and IT products, plans to invest €3.5m in opening 14 new stores, creating 100 new jobs in the process. By 2010, the company …
Ciara O'Brien, 18 Oct 2007
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Dot-mobi domains go to highest bidders

The first dot-mobi auction has closed on a high, with domain name marketplace selling 100 mobile web addresses to the highest bidders. This was the first time the mobile domain names have been sold through an auction process rather than on a "first come, first served" basis. The web addresses were some of the 5,500 " …
Ciara O'Brien, 11 Oct 2007

Facebook faces more legal trouble

Social networking site Facebook has been ordered to turn over information on whether registered sex offenders have set up profiles on its site. The Attorney General's office of New Jersey has supoenaed the popular social network, along with 11 other social networking sites, ordering them to release the information. Facebook …
Ciara O'Brien, 5 Oct 2007
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Will Bungie jump from Microsoft?

Could one of the games industry's most effective partnerships be about to do a Disney/Pixar and split? Rumours are blazing online that Microsoft and Bungie Studios are about to call it a day after the final game in the Halo trilogy has finally hit the shelves. The games developer was bought by Microsoft before the first Halo …
Ciara O'Brien, 4 Oct 2007

Hackers hit back at iPhone update

The war between Apple and the hackers is heating up, after a 'fix' for the recent iPhone update was posted online. Apple's recent update for the iPhone's firmware rendered unlocked iPhones - those that had been modified either through software or other means to work outside of AT&T's network - unusable, and the firm has so far …
Ciara O'Brien, 3 Oct 2007
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Magazines go online in iTunes-esque move

A new online newsagent is hoping to galvanise the Irish publishing market by selling magazines online., which is based in Dublin, is hoping to become the iTunes of the publishing world by offering readers PDF versions of Irish publications. These can be downloaded directly to a PC. The magazine appears on screen …
Ciara O'Brien, 27 Sep 2007
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Mobile TV to reach 120 million users by 2012: report

Mobile TV is expected to reach almost 120 million users by 2012 - a significant increase from the current 12 million. The broadcast services are expected to be available throughout 40 countries worldwide, with consumer spending on mobile TV predicted to top $6.6bn within the five-year period. According to a report from Juniper …
Ciara O'Brien, 20 Sep 2007
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IT overruns costing business €375m a year

Budget overruns on IT projects are costing Irish and UK businesses more than €375m(£256m) a year, new research has revealed. The study, conducted by research firm Loudhouse on behalf of software company CA, found that one-third of IT projects end up over budget each year, due to poor forecasting, project scope creep and a lack …
Ciara O'Brien, 13 Sep 2007
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Skype comes to the iPhone

iPhone fans are set have their wish granted, with the news that a German firm has developed an application that brings Skype functionality to the device. One of the complaints that users of the hybrid phone and MP3 player had was relating to its instant messaging functionality, or lack thereof. German firm Shape Media has …
Ciara O'Brien, 16 Aug 2007
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Ban texting while driving, say Americans

Nine out of ten Americans think that texting while driving is dangerous and should be banned, but over half admitted to indulging in the act behind the wheel. A survey carried out by Harris Interactive found that while 91 per cent of people surveyed said it was as dangerous as getting behind the wheel after a couple of drinks, …
Ciara O'Brien, 9 Aug 2007

Xerox job losses on the cards after all

Xerox employees who were due to move to IBM after the firm outsourced their jobs have been dealt a blow, with news that IBM plans to make them redundant. The outsourcing was part of a review of Xerox's operations that had been carried out by the document firm in a bid to control costs. Under the original plan, Xerox was to …
Ciara O'Brien, 2 Aug 2007
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Eircom warned over 'discriminatory' conduct

Eircom has got a slap on the wrists from ComReg after the regulator found that the operator was favouring its own retail business over other operators. The warning came after a ComReg investigation found that the incumbent operator was favouring its retail division when it came to customers moving premises but retaining their …
Ciara O'Brien, 26 Jul 2007
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Mobile websites fail to satisfy users

E-commerce sites are putting their future success at risk by failing to offer users the ability to buy through their mobile websites, a new study has revealed. The Strategy Analytics Wireless Media Lab looked at e-commerce sites eBay,, and Odeon Cinema and the mobile offerings they put forward. It found that …
Ciara O'Brien, 19 Jul 2007
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Firms unsure of liability for staff net use

Almost two-thirds of companies don't realise their legal responsibilities regarding their employees and electronic communications, a new survey has revealed. The Chambers Ireland eBusiness Survey 2007 found that only 37 per cent of companies are aware that they are liable for their employees' online activities, and can risk …
Ciara O'Brien, 19 Jul 2007
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Laois takes 'All Ireland eBay Champion' crown

Laois residents are the top eBay users in Ireland, beating out neighbours Carlow to take first place, new statistics have revealed. According to the auction site's Irish figures, Laois topped the list of counties when it came to buying from eBay, coming first as both the most buyers per capita out of the 26 counties, and the …
Ciara O'Brien, 12 Jul 2007
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Dublin college introduces video game degree

Video game fans may now have a legitimate excuse to spend all day hooked up to their PlayStations and Xboxes - thanks to a new video game masters degree at Trinity College Dublin. Trinity has just added a one-year full-time Masters degree in "interactive entertainment technology" starting in October this year. The course has …
Ciara O'Brien, 5 Jul 2007
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Teens using M-rated games to vent anger

Teenagers are using violent video games to vent their stress, a new study has found. According to the Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) Centre for Mental Health and Media, many young people play video games to manage their feelings, such as stress and anger, and those who play violent video games are among those more …
Ciara O'Brien, 5 Jul 2007
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Kids get early start in electronics

Children are becoming tech-savvy from a younger age, a new study has discovered. While most adults long suspect their children could programme a DVD recorder more easily than them, this latest research appears to back it up. According to the study from NPD, children begin using consumer electronic devices at the average age of …
Ciara O'Brien, 7 Jun 2007
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Eircom to slash up to 400 jobs

Telecoms operator Eircom has confirmed it is to seek job cuts before the end of the year. Reports on Wednesday claimed that up to 400 jobs could go at Eircom in the cost-cutting exercise after chief executive Rex Comb told the Irish Times the board was mulling over the prospect. A spokesperson for the company said the board …
Ciara O'Brien, 31 May 2007
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Server market continues to thrive

The server wars are heating up again, with HP and IBM both scrapping over the number one spot in the first quarter of 2007. Research firms can't seem to agree who is top dog in the market in terms of revenue, with IDC giving the number one place to HP, while Gartner said IBM came out the winner. Either way, it seems it's a …
Ciara O'Brien, 24 May 2007

Consumers more excited by GPS than mobile TV

Mobile TV is getting a lukewarm reception among consumers, with more mobile users expressing an interest in getting their phone kitted out with GPS technology. According to Canalys' new consumer mobility survey, some 51 per cent of those surveyed in Europe said they were interested in mobile TV - as long as there was a …
Ciara O'Brien, 17 May 2007

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